What is Google Glass?

Google Glass will revolutionise how people use their mobile technology. It has all the features of a high end smartphone but on a small, voice-controlled screen mounted in front of your eye. That makes everything easier to use, especially apps like translators and speech-to-text. Check out what we thought of it when we tested it recently.

Google Glass sungalssesWhat does Google Glass do?

On its own, Google Glass can take photos and videos, play music and movies, spot your friends in a crowd with facial recognition and give you access to a world of apps. One cool Glass-specific app translates things that are said to you in real time.

But when you pair it to an Android phone through Bluetooth, there’s not a lot Google Glass can’t do. With the smartphone synced you can make phone calls, send text messages and use GPS to see directions overlaid on the road you’re looking at.

Glass has even been used in surgery to stream live video to tablet computers, something that’s great for trainee doctors and gives surgeons support from experts around the world.

How does Google Glass work?

You get a tiny screen mounted on a regular glasses frame. Google says the screen’s the same as looking at a 25” HD TV from eight feet away. You can see through it when it isn’t displaying anything and is positioned so it’s at the edge of your vision, so it won’t get in the way.

The right arm of the frame is where all the tech that makes it run is housed. There’s a bone induction speaker that vibrates your jaw to give you private sound without the need for bulky headphones and tangled wires. It’s also better for your hearing than normal headphones.

There’s also a microphone that Glass uses to listen to and obey your every command. All you need to do is say “OK Glass” and tell it what to do, like “OK Glass, take a photo”. That lets you do everything really fast. Taking a photo, for example, takes less than a second. Getting your phone out of your pocket to snap a shot could take 12 seconds.

The right arm of Glass is also a touch pad that works like a touchscreen phone. Pretty much everything that Glass does can be controlled by your voice, but at times you might want to go back to the good old days of touchscreens.

Along with all that clever tech, this arm squeezes in a 1GHz dual core processor, 570 mAh battery, 16GB memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 5MP camera. So it’s like a mid-range smartphone in a tiny package that only weighs 43 grams.

How do I get Google Glass?

Google has finally brought the Glass explorer programme to the UK. That means you can get the Google Glass Explorer Edition from the Play Store for £1,000 and enjoy everything that the connected specs have to offer. And as the Explorer Edition is meant for real-world testing, you can be sure you’ll get regular software updates to make it even better.